14 tips for aspiring writers from a Kindle top 10 author
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Kerry Fisher has hit the Kindle bestseller list with her summery novel The Island Escape. Here she offers her tips for aspiring authors… 1. Think twice before trumpeting to the whole world that you’re going to write a novel. Commitment is good, but the next five years of ‘Are you published yet?’ at every social occasion can become a little wearing. 2. Very few people can sit down and just produce a great novel. Learn the craft by taking creative writing courses (try The Writers' Workshop or the online Writers’ Program at the University of California), reading ‘how to’ books and attending writing workshops. 3. Commit to writing a certain number of words a day – whether it’s 100 or 2,000 – and don’t let yourself off the hook. You’ll gain momentum from seeing the manuscript take shape. 4. Listen to conversations all the time. Old and young people, angry discussions, teasing between friends, shop assistants with customers. You’ll find it so much easier to write dialogue. 5. Watch how people stand. Round shouldered at the bus stop. Slouched against a wall at the train station. Bustling and impatient in the supermarket queue. All these details need to be stored away and used to make characters real. 6. Don’t base a character exactly on someone you know – you’ll feel obliged to write them how they really are, rather than in a way that suits the story. Instead, take a single trait – a manner of pausing/a way of whistling when they’re bored/a tendency to sigh when they sit down - and construct the character around that.
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